Enovert Community Trust provided a grant of more than £85,000 to The River Stour Trust to fund the restoration of the Stratford St Mary Lock on the River Stour.
The opening ceremony of the historic lock, which took 12 years to restore, took place on 12 May 2018 and was officially opened by the River Stour Trust’s vice president, TV personality and comedian Griff Rhys Jones and Enovert's Mark Harling.
Originally built in the 1930s, the lock gates were in an advanced state of decay and were largely impassable by sightseers. The River Stour Trust has been working on a long-term project to reinstate the locks along the river to enable through navigation by members of the public. Restoring the lock at Stratford St Mary formed the final part of the project and has opened up a further three miles of navigation along the River Stour by boat.
The lock is now operational and has been renamed the Roger Brown Lock in honour of one of the River Stour Trust's dedicated volunteers who maintained his enthusiasm and determination to complete this project for over 12 years.